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College students weigh in on first Presidential Debate

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A small group of University of Northern Iowa students and recent graduates met Wednesday afternoon to watch the first Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. They had a bit of fun with their party -- including a game based on "buzz" words and patriotic decorations.

Once the debate started, the group tuned in, and listened carefully to the responses from each candidate. As they expected, much of what they heard tonight, they've heard in the past. But they were pleased to hear jobs, the middle class, and education come up in the debate.

"I come from a middle class family and I think that it's very important and crucial that the candidates believe in a strong middle class," said recent graduate Kelsey Ihde.

"I think the biggest topic people are worried about is jobs. A lot of my friends are graduating college here in the next year, or already have, and are looking for jobs and need jobs," said student Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer is a small business owner in Cedar Falls, that's in addition to being a full-time student at UNI. He hasn't decided who he's voting for yet, and is planning to do some research on his own about each candidate's small business tax plans.

Even though the group differed in their political leaning, that need for additional research on the issues is something they all agreed was necessary. Yes, this debate lasted an hour and a half, but they said the problems facing the country are much more complicated than either candidate could address in that amount of time.

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